The Queen of the Netherlands ditched her usual high-glamour look in favour of comfort as she touched down in Pakistan's Islamabad on Monday night.

Maxima was pictured make-up free and in lose clothing as she arrived at Benazir Bhutto International after an 11-hour flight from her home in Holland.

The Argentinian-born royal flew in to meet with the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan at the Serena Hotel.

As she stepped off the plane she was greeted by a large group of officiaries who presented her with a colourful scarf.

It is the start of a three-day visit to the country as part of her role as UN secretary special advocate for inclusive finance for development.

By Tuesday the Queen was fully refreshed and pictured in her usual glamorous attire as she met with the Governor of the State Bank, Ashraf Mahmood Wathra.

The 44-year-old Queen greeted Wathra in an elegant silk brown skirt and pashmina off-set with turquoise earrings.

Maxima also met with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. During their meeting Maxima revealed she believes that the country would benefit from greater access to smartphones in efforts to empower them.

 

Later that day the Queen attended the launch of the Universal Financial Access workshop where she gave an impassioned speech to distinguished guests. 

uring her visit, the Queen is set to hold meetings with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, together with governor State Bank of Pakistan, according to Radio Pakistan.

The Dutch Queen was first handed her role of Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance in 2009 by Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon.

Maxima, who is also the Honorary Patron of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, has been tasked with raising awareness of the benefits of financial systems that also help the poor.

In practice, this means improving access to savings, insurance and credit - all of which are particularly important in countries where famine and rising food prices can hit the poorest hard and, in the worst cases, lead to starvation and malnutrition.

Access to credit and savings also gives business a boost, and allows small farmers and entrepreneurs in poor countries to strike out on their own and move past subsistence. 

Courtesy: Daily Mail